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8 Essential Tools for Nomadic Entrepreneurs

June 11, 2015

10:30 am

Among the perks of doing business today, being able to do it from anywhere in the world is one of the most satisfying of them. Location independent lifestyles, or #nomads, is on the rise and if you feel you need a little shake-up too, consider changing your office for a beach hut somewhere warm. With the following 8 tools and apps to support a nomadic lifestyle, no one might even notice you have relocated.

1. ScheduleOnce: To Stay Organized

ScheduleOnce is a kick-ass online organizer to schedule meetings and online conferences. Create a sleek calendar and set up the times and dates when you are available. Afterwards, just share a private link with anyone to set up an appointment at the time convenient for both of you. It will automatically adjust time zone differences and send a reminder in advance when it’s time to get to business.

2. SessionTalk: To Stay Connected

SessionTalk softphone offers secure, encrypted voice and video calls via Wi-Fi or 3G with essential business features available like conference calls, call transfers, and recording. You can choose any VOiP provider for integration and automatically sync your contact list. Available for iOS and Android users.

3. Outright: To Manage Finances

Accounting made easy with Outright. Connect all your business accounts, credit cards, PayPal, Shoeboxed, eBay, and more and let the app pull out all the data and neatly categorize it into respective IRS-approved tax categories to save you hours of time on bookkeeping. Outright gives you a clear picture of your profits, income, and expenses at one glance.

4. Slack: To Communicate Effectively

Slack basically re-invented teamwork and communication. The app allows teams to start different communication channels for specific projects so that everyone can collaborate in real-time chat. You can add inline images and videos, comment on everything, include rich link summaries and Slack will organize everything for you. Yet the best part is – that all the discussions are searchable and with the integrations to other project management and document tools, everything can be easily found in one place.

5. Streak: To Spend Less Time on Emails

Streak will turn your gmail into an actual CRM that will channel all your discussions into actions and respective threads. There are various cool add-ons available like Streak Sales to track your leads and seal the deals faster, or Product Development to monitor tasks and coordinate the workflow with ease.

6. Trello: To Stay Organized

Trello is a free visual project management app where you can create numerous dashboards where you can add all your plans in a form of to-do lists. You can set up deadlines, upload files and leave comments on each task. Additionally, you can invite other users to collaborate on the project and instantly get updates from them.

7. Focus@Will: To Keep Razor Sharp Focus

Working at a noisy café today or crowded lobby? Focus@Will is your go-to app for staying on task no matter what’s going on around you.  The app offers a great selection of white noise and simple tunes to boost your focus, based on a neuroscience approach and numerous feedback from the community.

8. Every Time Zone: To Keep Track of the Time

Got a conference call at 11.am with LA in the morning and a standup chat with your team in New Zealand at 6 pm? Such is the nomadic lifestyle, but Every Time Zone helps you keep an eye on the time in various parts of the globe at once. Just add your time in the marker at the top of the site and see where this lands in everyone else’s day. No more crazy math to figure out when you need to follow-up Sara if she asked to do that after 12 am EST.

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Dianna is a former ESL teacher and World Teach volunteer, currently living in France. She's slightly addicted to apps and viral media trends and helps different companies with product localization and content strategies. You can tweet her at @dilabrien

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